After his debut in 1986 with his hometown Cincinnati Reds, Barry Larkin quickly became one of the best shortstops in the game. He was a team leader and during his 19 seasons he totaled 2340 hits, 198 HRs, 960 RBIs and hit .295. He helped the Reds to an unexpected 4 game sweep of the powerful Oakland Athletics to win the 1990 World Series. He won the National League MVP Award in 1995, and was a 12-time NL All-Star, winning 3 Gold Gloves and 9 Silver Slugger Awards. In 1996, he became the first shortstop to join the 30/30 club with 33 HRs and 36 SBs. His #11 was retired by the Reds in 2012 and he was elected to Cooperstown that same year.
December 14, 2014